Film Series Offers “Voyagers Without Trace” on August 19th

Voyagers Poster 6072The Hoffman Center for the Arts Manzanita Film Series will screen the acclaimed 2015 independent documentary “Voyagers Without Trace” Friday, Aug. 19 at 7:30 p.m. The film lasts 80 minutes. Admission will be $5.

Written and directed by Ian McCluskey of Portland, the film traces the 900-mile journey in 1938 of three French kayakers down the Green and Colorado Rivers. The trio documented their adventure on 16-mm color film, but it was never shown to the public.

McCluskey retrieved the film from archives. He used it, a diary, and still photos to retrace and document the journey himself with two friends.

“Voyagers offers a vivid window to a time when the Wild West was transitioning to the Modern West, when the rivers flowed wild and undammed, before guidebooks and GPS,” said McCluskey. “The (French kayakers) set out as a new vanguard of outdoor recreationalists, packing a new set of equipment and expectations, to seek out adventure merely for the ‘joie de vivre.’”

“Voyagers Without Trace” was featured at the Astoria Film Festival in Dec. 2015, and won the Varsity Audience Award at the Ashland Independent Film Festival in April 2016.

McCluskey is an award-winning documentary film director and the founding director of NW Documentary in Portland.  His work has garnered more than a dozen prestigious awards, including four Emmys.

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Hoffman Center Screens “A Morning Light” on June 24th

A Morning Light Graphic 8072The Hoffman Center for the Arts Manzanita Film Series will screen the 2015 feature “A Morning Light” on Friday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $5.

Written and director by Ian Clark, the film is an atmospheric sci-fi thriller about a couple who begin to sense a strange presence has embedded itself in the forest around them. Their experiences become progressively more bizarre as they immerse themselves in the surrounding wilderness.

The feature stars Zach Weintraub and Celia Rowlson-Hall and is 82 minutes long.

“A Morning Light” won awards at the 2015 American Film Institute Film Fest, and the 2016 film festivals in Ashland and Sarasota.

Amplify the Hoff Fundraising Campaign

amplify the hoff logoWe’re launching our ‘Amplify the Hoff’ fundraising campaign today. You may have noticed our new stage lights, funded by the Tillamook PUD.  Now we want to complement that new lighting with upgraded audio-visual equipment.

Our current audio system is a hodge-podge of used and donated equipment:  the sound board has several channels missing, the small speakers we use for author presentations crackle, the large JBLs we use for our film and musical events are extremely unwieldy for our volunteers to set up.

This year’s Community Talent Showcase provided the initial funds for that project, as will the proceeds from Liz Cole’s Story-Time for Grown-ups  on May 5th (Thank you Liz!!).

We’re delighted to report that if we raise $3,000 by June 18th, a generous donor will match that amount, and we’ll be able to buy and install a new audio-visual system that can meet our needs for years to come.

It’s easy to donate online here: using either your Paypal account or a credit card.  If you prefer, simply mail a check to PO Box 678, Manzanita, OR 97130 and write “amplify” in the memo line.

Do it soon, we only have until June 18th to raise $3,000.  Thank you in advance for helping us bring the arts to life!

Hoffman Center for the Arts Screens New Short Films

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The Hoffman Center for the Arts’ Manzanita Film Series will screen “The Best of the 42nd Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival” at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Apr. 22. Admission will be $5.

The collection of 9 short films was selected by the Northwest Film Center of Portland from its latest juried film festival. Films were made in British Columbia, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Total running time is 76 minutes.

The films to be screened are:

“Hers is Where Your Begins” Janet McIntyre (Portland)
This film explores the emotions that come to people after the loss of a loved one. (5 min.)

“For Jean-Pierre Melvin” Ira Flowers (Portland)
An assassin is running against the clock in this love letter to the French new wave cinema. (6 min.)

“To See More Light” Kurtis Hough (Portland)
A lens is placed on the constant shifting and changing of the natural as something new is born out of the cauldron of old (15 min.)

“Two Roads” Troy Moth and Josh Lambert (Sooke, BC)
Native American youth are faced with the difficult challenge of growing up in a culture that is not entirely their own. (3 min.)

“Arca Archa” Sarah El Bakkouri (Richmond BC)
If life is a container, perhaps it too is a prison, or perhaps we might be able to escape through its walls to something else, but at what cost? (5 min.)

“Robot Pavlov Sputnik” Oliver Hockenhull (Vancouver, BC)
Mixing two films about the cinematic process creates a lush experience rich in subtextual meaning. (7 min.)

“Memory” Stuart Eagon (Portland)
Fleeting faces, places and times stare back at us as a reminder of the complex emotions put forth as we gaze into our own memories. (10 min.)

“Seven Ways from Sunday” Robert Sickels (Walla Walla)
Seven stories from individuals who have fallen victim to their fellow citizens’ misconceptions and fears (7 min.)

“Dead Hearts” Stephen W. Martin (Vancouver, BC)
A young mortician discovers his one true love only to realize she is also sought after by a gang of bullies. (16 min.)

The Manzanita Film Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita. Films are screened monthly throughout the year.

Short Film Festival Returns in January

NWFF41_backgroundThe Hoffman Center’s Manzanita Film Series will host a showing of “The Best of the 41st Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival” at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 22. Admission will be $5.

The collection of 10 short films was selected by the Northwest Film Center of Portland from its annual juried film festival. Films made in Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. The total running time is 85 minutes.

The films to be screened are:

  • “Painting John” by Audrey Hall, Livingston, MT. Through the intimacy of life portraiture, a lone rancher and a wandering artist forge an improbable bond. (10 min.)
  • “Maikaru” by Amanda Harryman, Edmonds, WA With inspirational optimism, Maikaru doesn’t let a childhood filled with violence and human trafficking dictate his future (7 min.)
  • “Rez Carz” by Clancy Dennehy, Vancouver, BC. Abandoned cars rest silently in fields for decades, still holding secret conversations within their bodies. (7 min.)
  • “The Beast Inside” by Amy Enser and Drew Christie, Seattle. Told with spoken rap and hand-drawn animations, a teen in a homeless family describes his challenges and celebrates the triumph of his creative self. (4 min.)
  • “The Bear’s Progress” by Malia Jensen, Portland. An inhabited bear costume wanders in the landscape doing what bears do and do not do. (9 min.)
  • “Anxious Oswald Greene” by Marshall Axani, Vancouver, BC. A man visits a fantasical clinic to address his crippling anxiety and his fate falls into the hands of a blind nurse, a talking fly, and an eccentric doctor with a knack for rhyming. (15 min.)
  • “Proximity” by Joshua Cox, Portland. A Victorian gentleman and a sixties cowgirl explore the kitschy depths of love and betrayal. (4 min.)
  • “Cooped” by Mike A. Smith, Portland. Only a doorknob and an non-opposable thumb stand in the way of a housebound dog. (9 min.)
  • “Taco Night” by Kyle Eaton, Portland. Two old friends who haven’t kept in touch drop by a party where they encounter a combative couple. (16 min.)
  • “Dave’s Beard” by Evangeline LaRoque, Eugene. A catchy song elucidates the nocturnal secret life of Dave’s adventurous beard. (4 min.)

Film Series Presents “Wandering Reel” Festival

6 Magnetic ReconnectionThe Hoffman Center for the Arts Manzanita Film Series will screen a series of short films provided by the “Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival” Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $5.

The program will showcase “short movies that demonstrate the power of cinema to tell important stories and effect positive change across cultures and around the globe,” said program director and curator Michael Harrington. “By exposing underserved communities with films that are compassionate in their approach and passionate in their purpose, we hope to inspire conversation and collaboration between individuals and communities through the common experience of cinema.”

The six films and their directors to be featured will be:

“Out of Erasers” (Erik Rosenlund): A woman on her way home becomes a victim of a strange infection. She soon realizes that an epidemic is spreading and there are larger forces at work.

“Trotteur” (Arnaud Brisebois and Francis Leclerc): A settling of accounts between a young man and a locomotive turns into a diabolical race against a merciless opponent.

“House on its Head” Directed by Adam Palenta: A documentary on the family life of Polish architect, set designer and poster artist Wojciech Zamecznik (1923–1967)

“Next Floor” (Denis Villeneuve): During an opulent and luxurious banquet, eleven pampered guests participate in what appears to be a ritualistic gastronomic carnage.

“The Chair” (Grainger David): A boy reacts to an outbreak of poisonous mold in his small town.

“Magnetic Reconnection” (Kyle Armstrong): Contrasting the Northern Lights with decaying manmade debris surrounding the Arctic Canadian town of Churchill, Manitoba.
The screening will last 81 minutes and be followed by discussions. Refreshments will be available.

Film Series Presents “Welcoming Departure”

Welcoming Departure GraphicThe Hoffman Center for the Arts Manzanita Film Series will screen the 2012 feature film “Welcoming Departure” Friday, Sep. 25 at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $5.

Written and directed by Scott Ballard, the film tells the story of Hank, a night custodian, who enjoys the quiet life where his evenings are sequestered in a methodical work routine. With the arrival of a mysterious elderly Norwegian woman, the patterns of his life begin to unravel.

“Welcoming Departure” was filmed in Portland, Ore. and Bellingham, Wash. It stars Tom Campbell, Eve Pryce and Rachael Perrell, with Dave Morales, Sara Robbin, Maren McGuire and Solomon Olmstead.

The feature lasts 68 minutes, and refreshments will be available.

A film trailer can be viewed at


Hoffman Center to Screen “Culpa: Episode 4”

Culpa 4 at Hoff 6072The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will host the premier of Episode 4 of Arch Cape Studio’s film “Culpa” Saturday, Sep. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Members of the cast and crew will attend the screening.

Episode 4 tells the story of two dysfunctional misfits, played by T.J. Newton and Josh Simmons, who step up to help an R&B singer, played by Maggie Kitson, who is being stalked and extorted.
Based in Nehalem, Arch Cape Studios was founded in 2013 by Drew Reid to tell original stories with local casts and crews — all set on the Oregon coast.

Suggested admission to the screening will be $10, with 20% going to the Hoffman Center.

The Episode 4 screening will be followed by a re-showing of Episode 3.

Film Series Presents “The Black Sea”

windowThe Hoffman Center for the Arts Manzanita Film Series will screen the 2015 feature film “The Black Sea” Friday, Aug. 28 at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $5.

Written and directed by Brian Padian, the film tells the story of five friends who go to a beach house on the Oregon coast for the weekend. One of them, Allison, is clearly troubled by something, but the others don’t say a word or intervene. And then she vanishes.

“The Black Sea” was filmed in Arch Cape and Portland. It stars Cora Bensch, Erin McGarry, Corrina Repp, Bill Sebastian, Joe Von Appen, and Matt Sipes

The feature lasts 75 minutes, and refreshments will be available.

Director Brian Padian will attend the screening to participate in a question and answer session.

A film trailer can be viewed at